Thin sheets of mica, a translucent silicate mineral, for the purpose of heating - rather than burning, will improve agarwood chip scent as only the fragrance will vaporise NOT the wood.
The image above show the chip with resin after 10 minutes of "heating" , by using the mica plate, it significantly increase the enjoyment time. The aroma is being slowly but constantly release. Strongly recommended.
You could even cut a short piece of incense stick and drop on this mica plate, smell slightly different to the way you light the incense directly. In addition, it also takes longer to completely "burn out".
Do not light wood chip directly as once the woodchip is on fire, it would release black smoke with acrid smell which would ruin your experience.
Traditionally, bamboo charcoal have been used to heat agarwood chip. Don't get me wrong, this method works beautifully. However, there are some challenges:
Seeing this, electric incense heater (or censers) is a better alternative. Quicker to heat and clean up. Easier to put away after using. Just my thought personally. .
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